24 November 2014

HOW DO YOU DO: NO-EFFORT HOLIDAY DECOR

It's Thanksgiving week! That's e x p r e s s calendar permission to go bonkers on holiday decor, which is hugely exciting until I realize that my boxes-on-boxes of string lights haven't magically un-tangled themselves after having been unceremoniously d u m p e d into storage eleven months prior. SO. With a ton of Fraser Fir + White Pine branches left over from this weekend's Topaz + Arrow wreath-making workshop (and a definite need to put the bulk of my decor-time into THE STRING LIGHT STRUGGLE), here are two insanely lo-effort (read: no-effort) ways to jump-right-in to the holiday spirit. All you'll need are scissors,* a vessel, and that GOOD GREEN.**

THROW YR TRIMMIES IN A BOWL: this hammered brass situation was a very lucky thrift find; small-ish in diameter and with deep sides, it requires minimal greenery for max impact, and is Very Attractive as a table centerpiece or shelf accent. Make sure to bulk up on materials if your canvas is deeper or wider in diameter, and make a point to M I S T your greens once a day to keep them from drying out/getting brittle.

Similar bowl scenes: herehere, here, and here.

ABOUT VASE (and re: misting) : it's easy to forget that boxwoods + evergreens are REAL LIVE PLANTS, if only because they're so sturdy. A vase is an unexpected but still totally sensical way to display holiday greenery, with the added bonus of yr trimmings lasting F O R E V E R (or at least as long as you remember to re-fill their water supply). I tucked some scraps and some bare branches into my favorite little bud vase (purchased from DC's Salt & Sundry), and here's a trio of friends in the same vein: one, two, and three.

Working with a larger-mouthed vase? Use a hair tie to keep branches contained, and regardless of size: use a critical eye, and play with arrangement until you're stoked on the visuals. It makes for a v e r y  Z E N little project.


*use your crummiest scissors – between sap and w o o d y stems, this is one of those projects that will wreak havoc on nice/new shears.

**any local-to-you nursery – or your closest Home Depot – will have branches by the large bunch, and for less than ten bucks. Can't make the trip? Wander around the neighborhood with your aforementioned junk-scissors. Anything with needles and/or a waxy leaf + fibrous stem should suffice to get ya in the holiday m o o d .

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23 November 2014

WEEKEND ZEN

soothing visuals: the Tender Co. Red Clay Jar (amongst vintage spools), at the Mutiny Workroom.

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22 November 2014

THIS HAPPENED/THIS WEEK

one. ONE DOLLAR/ONE APPLE: now through the end of the year, the proceeds of every locally grown apple bought at sweetgreen go towards supporting Food Corps and their mission of connecting kids + healthy food. AN APPLE A DAY. I'm so in. Why do I feel weepy.

two. I cannot with this (but I love it nonetheless).

three. "The utter fullness of the hair is like a testament to a life well-lived." The Cult of Connie Britton, via Buzzfeed News. Very related: have we talked about Fall television yet? Between Nashville, How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal, and Revenge, it's a small wonder that I'm leaving the house at all.

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20 November 2014

ONE TRACK MIND: EVERGREEN

Between this weekend's sold out Topaz + Arrow workshop (wreaths!!!) and the fact that Mitchell and I are using the  c o l d  as excuse to stay in + re-watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the billionth time – I've got epic greenery ON THE BRAIN.

images via Cabin Porn, Treasures & Travels, and Free People's BLDG 25.

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19 November 2014

HOW DO YOU DO: THANKSGIVING S P I R I T S

Whether you're hosting or just showing up, a few r e s o u r c e s to check out before doing your Thanksgiving booze cruising:

The 7 Tools You Need for Your Home Bar (Food52)
Thanksgiving Beers (BYT)
Wines for Thanksgiving That Refresh the Palate (NYTimes)
Graviva Semi-Dry Cider (The Kitchy Kitchen)
10 Awesome White Wines Under $20 (A Beautiful Mess)
10 Awesome Red Wines Under $20 (A Beautiful Mess)
Hot Buttered Rhum Cider (PUNCH)
Festive Fall Cocktails to Serve a Crowd (Saveur)

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